I used to read Eater and Grub Street quite a bit, but after going away for a while I've come back looking for daily food updates and...well, what are these sites about anymore? Eater seems to consist entirely of food gossip that no one cares about (a particular low: their outrage over the New York Times posting the James Beard Award winners at 9pm - who cares?) or they take their news from other sites. The one feature I like is "Who Eats There?" about old school restaurants in the city that are inexplicably still serving customers, but most of the site is a self-referential death spiral of food bloggers writing about other food bloggers.
Grub Street at least covers food a bit more but, far more than Eater, they mostly seem to be a link aggregator, collecting and posting links from other sites. Today alone they link to The Villager (via Eater), amNY and Copyranter and it's not even 2pm.
So what are people reading these days on a daily basis? I like Serious Eats a fair amount (just started reading it) and David Lebovitz's blog, and there's one or two restaurant blogs I read, but they don't have much staying power.
So what do you think is an essential food blog? I'm looking for daily updates and news or writing about food with a bit of gossip thrown in, not gossip with a bit of food sprinkled over the top.
Thanks in advance.